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Rather than only calling on our politicians to make all the
moves, we, ourselves, need to make a few as well. How?
DonÕt buy that new SUV that guzzles foreign oil which,
potentially, is pillaged from Africa. Modify your financial investment
portfolio so it does not include companies taking advantage of poor working
conditions, raping foreign natural resources, and supporting corrupt military
regimes. Take a month off of work, go to Tanzania, and build a house with
Habitat for Humanity. If thatÕs not feasible for you, volunteer with a local
Use your time, not just your money.
Look at Africa not as a financial burden for developed nations
but as a stage for human compassion and action.
Toques off to Whistler-Blackcomb for Local's Appreciation Day this last Sunday!
We had a young guest up from the Lower Mainland and before Sunday she couldn't have imagined all that can be done at a ski resort in the summer. Can't list all the activities we did but what's best is that our visitor thinks we are Sooooo generous for footing the bill.
She doesn't need to know that Intrawest was actually treating her (and us). But we know. So thanks for thinking of us locals and for the Day Out On W/B.
Dave Harkley, Marianne Corak
Fresh perspective appreciated
Kudos to Pique (Fresh takes on farming food, June 16, 2005) for
Cindy Filipenko's excellent story about farming in the Pemberton Valley. I have
been fortunate to visit Helmers' and Millers' farms twice this spring, for the
purpose of learning not only about their organic farming practices but also
their important environmental stewardship practices.
Both farms are now recognized
Conservation Partners, a province-wide program of The
Land Conservancy of B.C. designed to provide support and recognition for
farmers and ranchers who voluntarily contribute to conservation of biodiversity
and natural habitat.
When consumers see the ÒbutterflyÓ label on products at Farmers' Markets, in grocery stores, in Harvest boxes, and on signs at farmersÕ gates, they know that these products are grown in British Columbia by local farmers who are committed to growing healthy food and protecting wildlife habitat.